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Extra: Sony donates to cinematographers; sales news for Earth Touch, Beyond

Sony’s COVID-19 relief fund to provide funding for cinematographer orgs The Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19 program, set up in April, has pledged to donate to global cinematographer organizations in North ...
June 24, 2020

Sony’s COVID-19 relief fund to provide funding for cinematographer orgs

The Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19 program, set up in April, has pledged to donate to global cinematographer organizations in North America, Europe and Japan.

Meant to help ease the financial hardships caused by COVID-19, the Relief Fund will donate to the International Cinematographers Guild – I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 600, which represents approximately 9,000 members; Local 667, Local 669 and Local 671 in Canada.

Other organizations receiving funding include The American Society of Cinematographers, The Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Sports Video Group Europe, IMAGO, Japan Society of Cinematographers and The Sports Video Group, which will go to its SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund.

Earth Touch secures Snake City 

National Geographic Wild has lined up a seventh season of rescue reality show Snake City (pictured) with wildlife and factual production and distribution company Earth Touch.

The deal does not include the U.S.

The 6 x 60-minute series follows snake handler Simon Keys and his herpetologist girlfriend, Siouxie Gillett, as they race across Durban in South Africa to capture some of the world’s most dangerous snakes.

Earth Touch has also racked up pre-sale deals of series World’s Deadliest Snakes, and three big cat documentaries in Unholy Alliance, Queen of Taru and Cheetah: Queen of Cats to Nat Geo Wild, again excluding the U.S.

UK networks snap up Beyond Distribution titles

Indie television distributor Beyond Distribution has sold a raft of new and established titles to UK networks in a slate of summer sales.

A&E Networks UK has acquired the 6 x 60-minute The Invisibles, on the new generation of drug czars. Produced by Beyond Productions, the series has aired in the U.S. on National Geographic Channel, SBS in Australia, ZDF in Germany and TV2 Norway.

CBS Reality in the UK, meanwhile, has taken all seven seasons of the CMJ Productions true crime 88 x 60-minute series Fatal Vows.

Lastly, BBC Alba has picked up the first three seasons of kids science show Backyard Science. The 78 x 30-minute series is produced by Beyond Productions.

Come Dine With Me ordered in the Middle East

ITV Studios has licensed its award-winning culinary reality format Come Dine With Me to Middle Eastern entertainment network OSN.

The deal will mark the first Arabic version of the British reality series, which is this year celebrating its 15th anniversary. ITV Studios Middle East will produce the format locally, which will be known as Yalla Neta’asha. It will be filmed in the United Arab Emirates this summer.

The 45-episode series will run weekly on OSN, from Sunday to Thursday, with a new group of contestants every week.

Come Dine With Me follows four amateur chefs competing via dinner nightly parties with the guests rating the overall experience. At the week’s end, one contestant will be crowned the winner and walk away with the cash prize.

The format has already been licensed to more than 40 countries, with 14,000-plus episodes produced globally.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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